Operation School Bell program managers assessed the needs in Portland and found that economically disadvantaged children were in need of clothing. Assistance League was there to help but the program expansion would require a new delivery model. How could we best help? The answer was in increased efficiency.
For years, Assistance League has been interested in expanding Operation School Bell into Portland Public Schools. To keep our overhead costs lower, we are entirely volunteer staffed. Member volunteers run our nonprofit organization, operate two upscale resale shops to fund our programs, and a manage and staff five programs. There is no paid staff. The question was how could we help, given limited volunteer hours? A new delivery model was envisioned to assist with school clothing needs in the Portland Public Schools.
Assistance League took stock of its inventory in 2016 and determined that a bulk shipment of brand new winter jackets, jeans and shirts could be donated to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center located on the Marshall Campus at Franklin High School. Each public elementary, middle and high school PTA in Portland takes turns sending volunteers to the Portland Council PTA Clothing Center. Much like our own Operation School Bell clothing center in Beaverton, students in Portland visit the clothing center there to select the clothes they need for school. Assistance League is proud to collaborate with the Portland Council PTA to expand our Operation School Bell program. No child should wear poverty to school. Assistance League is here to help.